M.Sc. Intellectual Property Law

Hanken School of Economics | Helsinki, Finland
The Master's Degree Programme in combines legal and business studies, ensuring that you get a solid expertise in both areas. The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (M.Sc.(Econ.)).

Description of Intellectual Property Law

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Combine Legal and Business Studies - Get the Best of Both Worlds at Hanken

Knowing intellectual property law and how to manage intellectual property rights is becoming more important. To safeguard both intangible assets including patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs and brands, more and more companies need people who are experts in the field.

To answer this demand Hanken offers you the opportunity to specialise in the field of intellectual property law through our Master's Degree Programme in Intellectual Property Law.

Programme Focus

The programme offers an international atmosphere of high academic standard. It provides you with outstanding networks for the future and a wide range of career opportunities. Our close co-operation with industry keeps us at the forefront of developments in IP law.

Our department's expertise lies in the core areas of business law and intellectual property law and it has been recognised as one of the areas that Hanken excels in. The courses are taught by our internationally renowned faculty members, in co-operation with professors from leading universities in the EU and the USA and highly qualified practitioners.

The Master's Degree Programme in Intellectual Property Law combines legal and business studies, ensuring that you get a solid expertise in both areas. The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration, M.Sc. (Econ.).

Office of Harmonization for Internal Market (OHIM)

In Europe, our programme is the only Finnish university in the Office of Harmonization for Internal Market (OHIM) University Network. We offer a unique opportunity to network with students from other leading intellectual property institutes.

IPR University Center

The programme is administered by the Department of Commercial Law and implemented in close co-operation with IPR University Center, which is the leading academic intellectual property education and research center in Finland.

Career Paths

Graduates holding a master's degree in Intellectual Property Law from Hanken have generally found positions that correspond to their educational background. The field of intellectual property law as such is also growing, which in turn means that in the future there will be even a wider spectrum of tasks open to IPL experts.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 13 February 2015
Tuition fee
  • Free (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)

Since university education in Finland is funded by the State through the Ministry of Education and Culture, students enrolled in a regular degree programme at Hanken pay no tuition fees. The students must however pay an annual student union membership fee of approximately EUR 100.

Start date August  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS

Of the 120 credits, 90 are programme-bound, 24 are electives, and six are in languages.

Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Programme Structure

The Master's Degree Programme in Intellectual Property Law is a two-year (120 credits) full time programme. Of the 120 credits, 90 are programme-bound, 24 are electives, and six are in languages.

The programme includes course modules in following subjects

  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law I
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law II
  • International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law
  • Law and Economics of Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Strategy for Business
  • Research Seminar
  • Literature course in Intellectual Property Law
  • Nordic IP Moot Court Competition I & II

Students are required to complete a master thesis (30 credits) in addition to the course credits.

In addition to the compulsory courses, the programme allows for a wide range of elective courses in, for example, Law, Finance, Marketing, Business administration, Accounting and languages at Hanken and various universities in the Helsinki area.

We help you combine the best of both worlds by building a meaningful, individual programme to suit your future career goals.

Requirements for Intellectual Property Law

The basic admissions requirements for applying to a Master's Degree Programme at Hanken are:

  • A completed Bachelor's degree and a sufficient background in economic sciences
  • A GMAT or GRE admissions test score (optional for applicants to the Master's Degree Programme in Intellectual Property Law)
  • English proficiency

All applicants also need to submit the required enclosures and follow the application process in order for their application to be processed.

Work Experience for Intellectual Property Law

No work experience is required.

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Hanken School of Economics, Finland

Finland Hanken School of Economics is one of the oldest business schools in the Nordic countries. Hanken is a leading, internationally accredited university in the field of economics and business administration. Hanken's research operations are of an internationally high standard and it maintains close and intensive links with the business world.